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Game Preview: LSU vs. Wofford

LSU opens up its basketball season against Wofford at the PMAC on Saturday at 1 pm CT. Tiger Blitz previews the matchup.

WHEN: Saturday, November 12 at 1 pm CT
WHERE: Maravich Center (Baton Rouga, La.)
TV/RADIO: SEC Network/100.7 FM

Tiger Trends

LSU had a quick start against Reinhardt in the Tigers' exhibition game, jumping out to a 23-7 lead rolling on to top 100 points while giving up 80+ defensively. There's positives and negatives to take away from their performance. While there was no one that could match him physically, big man Duop Reath had a successful debut as a Tiger and figures to have more success on Saturday against the Terriers. Reath can begin to stake his claim to being a reliable scoring option for the Tigers and not just a rim protector today with a big performance.

Antonio Blakeney had a solid first outing this season with nine assists as he played more point guard than he really ever has with Skylar Mays sitting out with foul trouble at times and Jalyn Patterson sitting on the bench. Blakeney heated up following a slow start shooting as well to get into double-digits too. All in all, LSU should be able to score against Wofford. It's just a matter of that defense as it always seems to be for LSU.

Scouting Wofford

Mike Young's squad finished two games below .500 last season, but did have a positive in finding freshman Fletcher Magee, who wowed the country really with his ability to shoot the three. Johnny Jones said on Monday that this is a team that LSU has to watch and make sure that they can't get hot from beyond the arc. Following LSU's defensive effort against Reinhardt, it's no secret that Wofford will look to move the ball around and find open threes. Wofford is replacing two of its top four point getters from a year ago and Eric Garcia pairs with Magee in the back court to lead the Terriers. Replacing Justin Gordon in the front court, Cameron Jackson figures to see more minutes this season as a junior at 6-7, 255. The Terriers lack a true post man that can matchup with LSU's Duop Reath.

Key Player to Watch

It's no secret. LSU has to keep an eye on Wofford sophomore guard Fletcher Magee, who was named to the Southern Conference all-preseason team. Magee can light it up from beyond the arc as he was third in the nation as a freshman in three-point shooting (47.9%). That's staggering and if he gets to the line, the 6-4 guard from Orlando, Fla. figures to be even more deadly as he shot 92 percent from the free-throw line. LSU's task is simple, just don't let him get hot. It's been done before that if a hot player can get going and get some sort of help, these games can be much tougher than aticipated.

Keys to the Game

LSU struggled to defend the three-point shot early against Reinhardt on Monday, but a lot of times, that happens against inferior talent where the only way the team can compete is by chucking three-balls from every corner of the court. LSU did struggled to rotate and do the little things associated with defending the three though. That's not encouraging, but did likely light some sort of fire under the Tigers to step up with energy and defending. That's something the Tigers talked about a lot in the preseason was the emphasis on defense. To have things to pick apart on that side of the floor is a positive for LSU to be honest.


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